by | May 12, 2017 | Obituaries

Norfolk —Ruth Chapel Soskel, 98, died peacefully in her residence on April 30, 2017.

She was a native and lifelong resident of Norfolk, Virginia and was the daughter of the late Nathan and Eva Shiffman Chapel. She was preceded in death by her husband Fred Soskel.

Mrs. Soskel was a member of Temple Israel. She taught piano to many students in the Norfolk area for over 40 years. She encouraged both her children to study piano and to perform and compete in Norfolk and the region.

Survivors include her daughter, Gail Woolley and her husband John of Sterling, Virginia and her son, Norman Soskel and his wife Judith of Germantown, Tennessee, four grandchildren, Daniel Soskel and his wife Michelle, Erich Woolley and his wife Candace, Shira Soskel and Rachael Woolley and three great grandchildren; Tristan Soskel and Madison and Reagan Woolley.

A graveside funeral service was held at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Rabbi Michael Panitz officiated. Memorial donations to Temple Israel, 7255 Granby Street, Norfolk, VA 23505 H.D. Oliver Funeral Apts., Norfolk chapel.

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